|Project by vrice||posted 11-11-2013 11:00 PM||5120 views||26 times favorited||5 comments|
I have had this one on my to-do list for a while. Finally got around to building it. WOW! I don’t know how I managed without this thing.
I don’t really have the space for a big honkin’ Roubo or such. To date my main workbench is the one shown in my workshop pics. Effective but lacking seriously in some areas. So I noticed this design in ShopNotes, vol. 21, issue 124. This looked perfect. It is smallish, but very functional. It exploits a design I have noticed over and over again, a matrix of dog holes over the entire top (covered in plastic laminate). This also includes the slots shown above. All in all a VERY effective and functional design.
I chose to add one design feature not in the ShopNotes design. I added a deadman type contraption on one end. My Sketchup actually shows one on each end. After putting the first one on I decided this was optimal and did not create the second one. Your choice. This addition is really useful. You can see a couple of choices for clamping the piece in place.
There are a number of useful assembly accessories shown in the article I plan on making. The first will be the veneer press accessory since I am about to embark on a cigar box using veneers. I also plan on making a couple of deep reach C-clamps for another option on the deadman.
Legs are from 12/4 Ash. All the rest is 3/4” Baltic Birch. Plus the laminate.
(Just noticed my shoes in one of the pics. Oh well…............)
-- Vic Rice